It's no secret the low opinion I have of Literary Agents. Still, they can help you, and we've covered how. If you decide that's the way for you to publish, this will help you. If you're on board with me and want to go self publishing, read on as well. If you're tempted to try Vanity publishing...read on, read on.

 

Writers always feel this way when it comes time to publish


  

Let's keep this short and sweet. When looking for an agent, find one or an agency that doesn't have a #1 NY Times Bestselling client (they won't have much time for you). Look for one who works in your genre...it's common sense. If you write Young Adult don't bug an agent who only does Romance or Nonfiction.  Look at their website, sniff out if they are independent, or a front for a rinky-dink publisher. Research their name and see if there are any major reports of cheating or lying or bad business. Remember to never give them money up front, look for ones who want only a query letter and summary and possibly a sample of 3 chapters. 

Write down a list of possible agents and what they require. Don't even think of contacting one until you're finished with your second draft and well into your third.At this stage we are only researching, so look at the agents, see who the work with, and look over those authors' works. Do you fit in with them, or can you edit to do so? You'll have to try.



Once you work with one, this is how you'll view literary agents


  
 

Good sites to find a Literary Agent:

Poets & Writers.org
Writers Market
Agent Query

For those of us who like to go it alone, there are a few options for publishing. You can self publish an eBook any number of ways, but if you want to go print you need a vanity publisher, or a publisher that takes direct submissions sans agent. As above look over the authors they publish, see what succeeds, and figure out how to fit in with it. Always avoid scams, never pay up front, read over  all contracts, and research their reputation.



This is how it feels trying to select one. Trust me, the ones below won't scam you, or speak Carney.


  
 

eBook Platforms:

Smashwords
Kindle on Amazon
PubIt on Barnes & Noble
LuLu.com

Self Publishing Printers (that won't screw you):

Coffee House Press
Createspace on Amazon
Lulu

Direct Publishers (That Don't Require an Agent):

Red Sage (Female Erotica & Romance)
Dorrance (General Fiction, Children's, Poetry, How-To)
Snowbooks (General Fiction - UK based)

When you begin writing your first draft it's time to think about these things. Look over their sites. who are their most successful authors? What and how does those authors write? Can you tailor your work to git that mold? These are the important questions and remember, on the business side of marketing, you have to please others so never be afraid to change it up.



Every Artist's Secret Motto


  
 

However, if, like me, your attitude is "fuck everyone" try self publishing an eBook. Any other method requires heavy marketing thought, but make no mistake, even in self-publishing you have to know what people want. The only way to ever have a modicum of success is sell out, just a little bit. So start planning just how you will.